The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NC100BW), Pennsylvania Chapter was founded in 1981 and 42 members were sworn-in in 1982. The idea for the chapter was conceived on a train ride that the Pennsylvania Chapter founder and charter president, Sylvia Webster, had with Jewel Jackson McCabe, founder of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. During the train ride, Jewell convinced Sylvia that a Pennsylvania Chapter for the Coalition was needed, and Sylvia accepted the opportunity. Over the years, the Pennsylvania Chapter grew to more than 200 members. Currently, there are over 130 members from diverse professions and backgrounds.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NC100BW) is an organization of progressive women of African American descent whose voice and force for gender equity and sociopolitical advancement drives meaningful change to benefit black women and girls. NC100BW advocates on behalf of black women and girls through national and local actions and strategic alliances that promote its national and international agendas on leadership development and on gender equity in health, education, and economic empowerment.